What are the best short novels for teens?

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    #121 Proms

    21 Proms
    21 Proms is a book by David Levithan is a compilation of 21 prom experiences of different people who contributed to the book. Bad dates, goo dates and unexpected dates, every prom experience is shared. 

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    Cheshta Rao
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "David Levithan is one of my favorite young adult story tellers. His book 21 Proms is a great read for teenagers and young adults alike. Characters feel real and you really root for them. "
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    #2Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

    Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

    Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle is a young-adult fiction novel that follows three interconnected stories set during a Christmas Eve. This book was first published in 2008.


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    Sean Wells
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "A wonderful short novel for teens is Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. This young adult fiction novel weaves three stories together set during Christmas Eve. "
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    #3So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

    So Not Happening is a novel about the struggles of Isabella Kirkwood in moving to a different town. Forced by the circumstance that her parents separated ways, she will be facing her new world alone.


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    Alejandra Venegas
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Fantastic book for teens. It has a good teaching messages. However it is wrapped in entertainment and situations that teens can connect with. "
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    #4A Quiver Full of Arrows

    A Quiver Full of Arrows
    A Quiver Full of Arrows is a book containing 12 short stories from Jeffrey Archer. The stories include a man who loves the routine of his life, a cricket player who wants to record a century, and a fictitious Pontius Pilate.

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    Catherine Hayes
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I'm always looking for reading material that will motivate my kids to read more, A Quiver Full of Arrows fit that bill to a T. Its short story based which keeps them interested and the story is very charming. I even loved to read it. So, I would highly recommend this as one of the best short novel for teens. "
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    #5The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Carl Roberts
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "First off, I love the format of the book. Using letters seems very personal and unforgiving. The way Charlie feels so confidant in his format is a beautiful contradiction to how he seems to others and feels about himself. There is great character development individually and as a group. I was surprised by many of the things that happened to several people. Other events fell in line with what I was thinking would happen. Altogether this book was very easy to read and kept my attention the entire time. I think this is something I will read again and I would love to watch the movie."
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    #6Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Reyna Guevara
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is great because it is a bout a girl who took her own life. This is good for anybody to take the time to read."
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    Skinny by Ibi Kaslik is narrated from the perspective of the two main characters, Holly and Giselle, who are also sisters.  It portrays love, pain, family relationships and dealing with acceptance. 


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    Mary Wallace
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This is a nice novel, highly emotional, shows the pain and love between sisters in a relationship, "
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    #8Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)

    Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)
    Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter is the third novel in the Gallagher Girls series. Cammie joins Macey's private security team. While they are applying their spy training on the campaign trail, Cammie finds out that the secret society targets her.

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    Rishika Dasgupta
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The Gallagher Girls provide more espionage than the Gilmore Girls. If young ladies in spycraft is your thing then you will enjoy this spy and political thriller. It will be interesting just to see how the girls get themselves into trouble and then out."
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    Mars is a romance novel written by Fuyumi Soryo and Shirley Kubo that tells the story of Rei. He saved Kira from a harasser and that made Kira fall for him instantly. 


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    Zachary King
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The search query says "novels" (plural) and the product page is a single book, rather than a list. The book is also 200 pages which isn't that short. However the genre of the book (novels for teens) is accurate. Additionally, it's probably not "best" considering the product rank is #838,917 in Books"
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    #10An outcast of the Islands

    An outcast of the Islands

    An outcast of the Islands is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Willems. He was left by his fellow Europeans on a deserted island in the Malayan Island and this is the story of his struggle. 


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    Antonia Valenzuela
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It's good story for teens but I think it has a little too much lust in it for some teenagers who may be immature for the details. The style of writing was a bit different but it worked and kept me interested in the story."
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    #11The Obelisk

    The Obelisk

    The Obelisk is a book containing short stories written by renowned Victorian author E.M. Forster. It was released posthumously. It contains eight stories with strong homosexual content that were initially rebuked upon publishing.


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    Ai Yu
    Written on April 20, 2018
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    #12The Volunteer

    The Volunteer

    The Volunteer is a young adult novel written by D.H. Jonathan. This edition was published in July 2016. It tells the story of a female college student who volunteered to be the model of a nudist study to keep her scholarship.


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    Jeremy Stone
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I'll start by saying i Loved this book. And I and not a reader by any means. It is extremely rare for me to even pick up a book to read. The “Volunteer” is a really fun read. A college student facing suspension finds herself facing a seemingly impossible challenge if she wants to stay in school. Over all, it's a quality read. I absolutely recommend spending a little time with The “Volunteer.”"
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    #13Very Far Away from Anywhere Else

    Very Far Away from Anywhere Else

    Very Far Away From Anywhere Else is an inspirational novel for young adults written by award-winning science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin.  This book was published in October 2004. It is a coming-of-age story of a teen boy.


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    Wayne Arnold
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I feel a very strong connection with this book. It reminds me of when I was growing up, learning about life, and exploring the world of love. Ursula K. Le Guin tells this tale as if you were the one she is writing about."
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    #14Within the Tides

    Within the Tides

    Within the Tides is a book by Joseph Conrad. It is a compilation of short psychological thrillers and dramatic romance that enable the readers to read different stories in one book. 


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    Kyle Nichols
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Triggering the psychological side of your mind is such a good idea to relax and see the world from a different point of view. It is a cool book."
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    #15Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow over Babylonis a young adult, historical fiction novel from David Mason originally published in 1995. It is about a group of American intelligence agents uncovering a plot to kill Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.


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    Henry Perry
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Shadow Over Babylon kept me interested enough to finish it in a few days. I really liked the way it intertwined actual events with its fictional story."
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    #16Stalk and Kill

    Stalk and Kill

    Stalk and Kill: The Thrill and Danger of the Sniper Experience is a book by Adrian Gilbert that tries to capture the exhilarating essence of being a sniper, from World War II to Beirut. It is one of the Military Book Club main books.


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    Alexander Duncan
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is a book on military history, focusing on snipers. So, I wouldn't recommend it as a novel and I wouldn't give it to my teenager, either. If you're into military history, you might find it interesting. "
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    #17Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow is a novel by Thomas Pynchon featuring a postmodern look at the impact of technology on society, particularly aviation and its role in war. It won the 1973 National Book award.


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    Chance is a book Joseph Conrad that tackled different social issues using his heroine protagonist. In this book, he mentioned and elaborated issues like feminism and financial status between man and woman. 


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    Juan Rios
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "While this book is interesting, especially as one of the author's lesser known works, I feel it is likely too dense to hold the interest of most teens. The plot is also a bit cumbersome."
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    Swamplandia! is a young adult adventure novel written by Karen Russell. This edition is a reprint edition by Vintage. This book was Russell's debut novel and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


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    Mark Barnes
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I just finished this book and I'm not too impressed with it. The synopsis looks really amazing, and you would think it would be a great book but alas it didn't live up to that hype. I liked it, but I didn't love it."
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    #20Orbiting Jupiter

    Orbiting Jupiter
    Orbiting Jupiter is a book by Gary Schmidt that tells the story of the young father Joseph. He is only thirteen but he is already in a juvenile facility. When his time came to be fostered, he will do everything to find his daughter. 

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    Marilyn Guerrero
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Wow this book interesting. I didn't like the plot of this story at first but then as I was reading it I realized that there are teens that are fathers now. I started to visualize the hardship at such a young age and couldn't put the book down."
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    #21The Lost Scrolls: Water (Avatar)

    The Lost Scrolls: Water (Avatar)

    The Lost Scrolls: Water is one of the books in the Avatar: the Last Airbender series by Michael Teitelbaum with illustrations from Patrick Spaziante. This is a repackage edition by Nickelodeon released in December 2006.


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    Yan Xiong
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This book is is part of series called Avatar: the Last Airbender. It is well written and even illustrated by an artist called Patrick Spaziante, giving you a very realistic look into the author's imagination."


Best What are the best short novels for teens
121 PromsBooks 32 Paid
2Let It Snow: Three Holiday RomancesBooks 10 Paid
3So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)Books 7 Paid
4A Quiver Full of ArrowsBooks 7 Paid
5The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 4 Paid
6Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 4 Paid
7SkinnyBooks 3 Paid
8Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)Books 1 Paid
9MarsBooks 1 Paid
10An outcast of the Islands Books 0 Paid

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